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Flashback to 2006 – 2006 AMA Supercross Series Predictions

Published June 22nd, 2012

Actually, flashback to late 2005. Coming up is the 2006 AMA Supercross Series season.

We asked racers, and industry insiders to give us their picks for 2006. We also asked them what’s the first thing they would they change about supecross if they could.

(Editors note: Most predictions were given before top contender Kevin Windham broke his arm in a practice crash on Dec. 14th.)

Chuck Miller – American Honda Racing Manager

  1. RC
  2. Windham
  3. Reed
  4. Fonseca
  5. Stewart

Watch for Andrew Short in the West series, and Davi Millsaps in the East. Honda is going for the championships in the Lites class, and holding nothing back. Others to watch are Mike Alessi, Nate Ramsey, Broc Hepler, Grant Langston, Billy Laninovich, and Josh Hansen.

I would suggest a shortened series. 12 total events for the series for AMA points with other “special events” to be added that would be in locations throughout the world. Then we would have time to promote our series and riders to Japan, Australia, Canada and other countries and venues throughout the world. This would also assist with rider injuries, training, and allow time for preparation for other activities the riders and manufactures could use to get the most value from the investment we are making in MX/SX racing.


Jeremy Albrecht – Kawasaki Race Tech & James Stewart’s Mechanic

  1. James Stewart. Because he is extremely fast, he has calmed down a lot since last season, and he is very hungry for the title.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Reed
  4. Byrne
  5. Windham

I would have more supercross races and less outdoors events. I would also pay everybody involved more money.


Michael Byrne – Team Kawasaki Factory Rider

  1. Stewart. His speed is incredible.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Myself
  4. Windham
  5. Reed

I would have less races during the season with more breaks in between events.


James Stewart – Team Kawasaki Factory Rider, former 125 National Champion

  1. Kyle Lewis. He always gets great starts!
  2. Barry Carsten. He has the experience to win

Just kidding!!!

  1. Me. I think that I have the speed to win
  2. Reed
  3. Carmichael
  4. Byrne
  5. Windham

If I could change one thing about supercross, I would have more races.


Grant Langston – Monster Energy/Kawasaki/ProCircuit Team Rider, former 125 National Champion, defending 125 East Supercross Champion

  1. Stewart. I think James is the fastest rider out there. His biggest rival is himself so if he can be consistent, he will win the title.
  2. RC – Ricky is very consistent, fast, and relentless. He knows what it takes to win.
  3. Reed – Chad always seems to get faster as the season goes on.
  4. Windham – Kevin is also very consistent and makes very few mistakes.
  5. Tedesco – It is Ivan’s first year in the premier class and I don’t think he has the speed of the front 3 quite yet, but I believe he will ride smart.

The first thing I would change if I was in charge of supercross would be the names. They make it sound like your going to have a beer or go smoke a cigarette. I would change the names to the 250cc class and the 450cc class.


Jamie Little – TV personality & smartest person in supercross

  1. Chad Reed. His bike is new and improved. His confidence is back and he’s ready for revenge.
  2. RC. Never count RC out.
  3. Bubba. I think Bubba will work out his issues and be back just as strong as ever. But with his inconsistency I can’t put him on top. However, if he stays healthy and comes out with a vengeance, he could do it.
  4. KW. If I could have it my way, I’d put Kevin on top as I believe he is the most deserving of a championship. He’s certainly capable.
  5. Fonseca. He really impressed me towards the end of the outdoor season. I think he’ll be a contender this year and be the spoiler throughout the season.

My pick for “breakout performance” will be Ivan Tedesco. I think he’ll come out swinging and really surprise some people. I would be willing to bet he’ll make the podium on a few occasions.

Nathan Ramsey will be a force to be reckoned with on the Lites. Davi Millsaps too. Being that both the Alessi boys will be making their supercross debut, I’ll have to say Mike especially will be a threat. However, we all know how rookies fair in their first year so I’m not going to pick him for a title. Watch Andrew Short and Grant Langston as well.

I would change the TV package for supercross. If I had it my way, I’d have it on ABC Sports LIVE on Saturday nights. It’s where the sport belongs. NASCAR doesn’t get in full swing until March so that would give Supercross two solid months of relatively no motorsports competition on network television. I’d also increase the purse money. It’s ridiculously low after all these years. To win a Supercross main, these guys should be walking away with at least $50,000!!! And if you make a main you should be guaranteed at least $10,000.


Giuseppe Luongo – President of Youthstream, which runs World Motocross Grand Prix and World Supermoto

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. LaRocco

In the Lites, for sure Ben Townley will be a guy to watch.

Supercross is a great show and I think it’s really good just how it is, the only thing I think could be good to change is to hold two events in Europe and 1 in Australia in addition to all the events in the USA. This is just my vision in order to make it more ‘world’.


Georges Job̩ РMulti-Time World motocross champion from Belgium

  1. Reed
  2. Carmichael
  3. Windham
  4. LaRocco
  5. Stewart

From what I’ve seen, Josh Hansen is very talented, Ben Townley is very motivated, and Mike Alessi is very aggressive.

The things I would change about supercross? I will give points for the heat race and best lap time in the race so the riders will give more fight.


Jeff Emig – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Burner
  5. Fonseca

First thing I’d change about supercross is I would change the tracks. Slow the tracks down. The tracks are too flat. There also needs to be more dirt used. Slow the tracks down by making it much more difficult. Riders needs to make mistakes, instead of riding 20 laps almost perfectly.


Jean Turner – Dirt Rider.com Editor

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Vuillemin

First thing I would change about supercross is the ticket prices. It’s way too expensive to take a family to the stadium and a race as it is right now.


Kinney Jones – Photographer

  1. Ricky
  2. Bubba
  3. Chad
  4. Vuillemin
  5. Windham

I would build much tougher tracks, like EnduroCross, and like Mike Goodwin did years ago.


Jerry Bernardo – Motorsports TV personality

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Kevin Windham
  5. Ivan Tedesco

First thing I’d change in supercross would be to make it all racing, no commercials, and no pimping sponsors.


Eric Perronard- co-promoter Mini Moto SX, EnduroCross

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Vuillemin
  5. Tedesco

If I could change one things about supercross, I would make the tracks more challenging for riders, with less single line racing.


Joe Columbero – Rider, Writer, and producer of Motorcycle programs

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Windham
  4. Tedesco
  5. Preston


Rick Johnson – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Mike LaRocco

If I could change one thing about supercross, I would have more races on Friday nights, along with live television. There is nothing on Friday and kids could stay up late to watch it.


Nate Ramsey – Team Red Bull/KTM Factory Rider

  1. Reed
  2. Ricky
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Tedesco


Scot Harden – Off-Road racing legend, Red Bull/KTM media supervisor

  1. McGrath – Jeremy is a lock to win the first six races, there’s no doubt about that! I have it from high sources that he will win.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Reed

Mike Alessi and Jeff Alessi will be two guys to watch in the Lites. Everyone knows about Mike, but Jeff is always improving. I’d never count him out. Josh Hansen too.

I would definitely change the names of the classes. Lites makes it sound weak. It almost gives the class second-class status, when it has been every bit as exciting if not more exciting than the 250 class.

I’d also lengthen KJSC by adding qualifiers and heats. And I’d throw in a few Umbrella Girls.

Mike Alessi – Team Red Bull/KTM Factory Rider

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Byrne


Jeff Ward – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Stewart
  3. Windham
  4. the rest is wide open

I would definitely have more races if I was in charge of supercross.


Mike Kiedrowski – Multi-time AMA National Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Windham
  4. LaRocco
  5. Stewart


Ivan Tedesco – Team Makita Suzuki, two-time 125cc west supercross champion, 2005 outdoor 125 national motocross champion

Can I tell you my predictions at the end of the season? If I was in charge of supercross, I would use the riders’ input on final track design.


Broc Hepler – Team Makita/Suzuki

  1. Carmichael. Ricky is always up for a challenge and he will get the job done no matter what it takes.
  2. Windham. He is always consistent and doesn’t make too many mistakes and with all the 450 movement in the class he has had a head-start on everyone else.
  3. Reed. He may have speed at some races, but I don’t think he rides the 450 that well and he is kind of a lone ranger on testing his Yamaha, so it may take him awhile to get dialed in.
  4. Stewart. He is the fastest guy out there but I think he will continue to make some mistakes that will cost him.
  5. Tedesco. He shows he has a lot of speed in supercross and he will continue to be a threat in this class.

I will be racing at the East Coast events. My goal is to be a little more consistent this year so I have a shot at winning a championship. Having Ricky on the team is great, because he is the hardest worker out there and knows what it takes to win.

If I was in charge of supercross, I would make for tighter tracks, which would give closer racing. Right now there are a lot of sections that are too high speed.

Here’s how they finished this past 2055 SX season:

  1. Ricky Carmichael – 367
  2. Chad Reed – 342
  3. Kevin Windham – 284
  4. David Vuillemin – 245
  5. Mike LaRocco – 229
  6. Ernesto Fonseca – 198
  7. Sebastien Tortelli – 176
  8. Heath Voss – 160
  9. Travis Preston – 130
  10. James Stewart – 129

Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed are on four strokes for 2006. James Stewart is running well on the KX450f as well. Ivan Tedesco is moving up to the premier class. David Vuillemin in riding a Honda. Kevin Windham broke his forearm. And the first race is coming up January 7th!


Ricky Carmichael would go on to win the 2006 AMA Supercross Series Championship! : )

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